Review: Suicide Squad
By Ian Wells
When this movie was announced I was in the ‘meh’ camp. It’s a movie I would have seen at some point I just didn’t see myself rushing out opening weekend like I did. I’m mainly a Marvel guy so a cult DC book which had had its heyday was not on my radar. There were some little things nagging at me as well.
The size of the cast for one. Can Will Smith go dark enough to play a cold blooded killer? Is having Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn putting her more in the role of sex symbol rather than a well developed character? But then these little pieces of the puzzle had the reverse effect on me and the movie was on my radar.
Firstly it was revealed early on Batman would be making a cameo. I’m a huge supporter of Batfleck and am one of the very few who really enjoyed BVS. So now I have to know how the DC Extended Universe is going to fit together. The trailers we have seen for this movie are so well put together. It has been commented that people feel they have seen the movie with all the press it has been getting. I read last week people feel there might be too much expectation on this movie given the build up it has had. I myself tweeted it would be the film to save the DCEU.
A few months ago I checked out Fury by the director David Ayer. The film had plenty of action, but also plenty of heart and slower moments. So I now had complete faith in the director.
Lastly the role of Scott Eastwood is still a mystery. In this day and age of the internet I can not believe a summer blockbuster has managed to keep one of its cast members roles under wraps. It’s a huge reason to see this movie. Is he going to be someone steeped in DC lore or a fucking nobody? You will have to read on to see if I spill the beans…
Coming out of the movie I could see why it got bad reviews. I said to my friends it made BVS look like Schindler’s List. We came to the conclusion is was mostly good in parts, but at times we were left thinking what the fuck? Or why? Basically it is the definition of a ‘popcorn flick’. Very enjoyable to watch without the need to invest much thought. I mentioned how a viewing of Fury turned me onto this movie. Half way through the second act I couldn’t believe they were written and directed by the same person!
I had intended to do a spoiler free review. However I feel to cover the good points I need to tell you more. Suicide Squad does open strongly. David Ayer clearly recognised the movies star power by putting Will Smith and Margot Robbie front and center. Or is the pulling power in the legacy of the characters Deadshot and Harley Quinn? They both start the movie already in incarceration along side C-listers Killer Croc and Diablo. Then we are introduced to Amanda Waller who is excellently portrayed by Viola Davis. And yes I do think ‘The Wall’ would be a listener of the Rolling Stones.
Waller gives some suits and the viewer some backstory for her future team members. It’s here the tone of the movie is firmly established. It is very stylized with graphics and facts popping up on screen. Suicide Squad certainly doesn’t shy away from its comic book roots. I loved how it just threw the Batman cameo at you as he apprehended Deadshot. It was a quick scene that didn’t need set up, you just had to know your comics. Admittedly it may have been off putting for non comic fans.
The same thing with Captain Boomerang. If you know comics you know he’s a Flash rogue, so who stopped by when he was robbing a bank? That’s right the fastest man alive Ezra Miller. Quick comic book style crossovers without getting bogged down in plot and therefore slowing the movie down! Harley’s flashback was a little more developed as it had to fit in Joker and Batman. It was largely faithful to Paul Dinis origin in Mad Love. We even got a brief homage to Alex Ross’ classic cover to Harley Quinn #1.
Katana and Slipknot are rather shoe horned in. Both turning up moments before the mission starts. If you have seen the film please spare a thought for Adam Beach the actor behind Slipknot. He reminded us all where Task Force X gets its other moniker from, or in other terms he got shafted.
Cara Delevingne (June Moon/Enchantress) and Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg) are both as wooden as fuck! No wonder they wanted Tom Hardy for the role.
So the movie started strongly but after the first hour things began to dip. Rumours of heavy edits and a lot of the movie being left on the cutting room floor are easy to believe whilst sitting in the cinema. For me having Enchantress and surprise villain Incubus as the mission was the part they should have cut. I mean Diablo aside none of the Squad are meta’s. So in all honesty it was a miss match right from the off.
This leads nicely into my opinion on Joker. Jared Leto delivers a very different Joker, that’s not to say it’s not a brilliant delivery. I would have much preferred it if he was the mission. It felt to me like they said “We are making a DC villains movie, so we should have the villain everyone knows in it.” His plot doesn’t run smoothly alongside that of the Enchantress one. The Joker and Harley stuff is well played and gives us a true romance between the two not seen before. But that love story would have been better served if he was the mission. A gangster terrorist taking a city hostage. Think Narcos on an acid trip.
All in all Suicide Squad is a solid 7 out of 10. DC’s answer to Guardians of The Galaxy? Maybe. The movie to save the DCEU? Noway. That baton passes to Wonder Woman.
PS SCOTT EASTWOOD TURNED OUT TO BE A FUCKING NOBODY!!! I can’t tell you how pissed I am at this! Did David Ayer play us this whole time? I kept waiting for a piece of shrapnel to hit him in the eye and someone say “Slade are you alright?” But he’s no one. He probably died as well it was unclear.
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Ian currently runs the THEBLOGOFCOMICSHOTTOPICS blog. Check him out on Twitter @IanWells87.
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